Interview with Clinton A. Seeber

Published 2019-12-05.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, "Edge of Dawn" is the final volume in the trilogy I have dubbed "The Slayer Series". Basically, it has always been the story of the noble Redwood Elf Trena Treelimb and the otherworldly bard Jacob "Slayer" Hope. Jacob has always been a very reluctant hero who doesn't really believe in himself as he finds himself unwittingly and unwillingly summoned to the land of Talmora and the world of Eradus to be a prophesied hero in the spirit of Lord Benderek Evilbane whose task it is to defeat Samhain Sharmat, the evil immortal who has been trying to free himself from the bonds that Lord Benderek placed him in for over two thousand years. Jacob doesn't believe in any of that "nonsense". He's not a hero. He's just a feeble and timid drug-addled musician. He is morally ambiguous and really doesn't know what he actually believes in. Trena Treelimb is there to guide him and lend him strength and to help him believe in himself and her own unreal, far out world. They become lovers - lovers that can never be together for life and can only be with each for a few brief periods over a span of several decades. Their relationship becomes more complicated and nuanced as the story progresses whilst they strive to finally utterly defeat Samhain Sharmat. "Edge of Dawn" is the culmination of the story of their often complex love relationship and their struggle against Samhain Sharmat.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mainly the fact that I like to do things my own way. I have to do things my own way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords taught me how to format an ebook and is an essentially uncomplicated platform for publishing my own ebooks in my own way. All you really have to do is learn about formatting - and Smashwords has a "Style Guide" that walks you through that very efficiently.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. This whole authoring thing wouldn't be worth still doing without a few people who fervently love and enjoy my whacky stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
The same things that I write - fantasy and some horror of the weird sort (mostly horror shorts).
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I currently own an Alcatel TCL LX phone that I bought brand new for $25 off of eBay. I love that phone and love reading on it. The small screen with dragontrail glass on a device that fits comfortably in one of my hands is perfect for reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I try to sell myself to people. It really behooves one to sell their own self to someone before they try to sell a book to them.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama - in the southern coastal regions of those states. The second part of this question has no easy answer. One's life experiences makes them who they are - both as a person and a writer and in just about any other aspect. I don't know how my experiences would have been different if I had grown up in different places.
When did you first start writing?
I sometimes think that I was born a writer - though I cannot pinpoint an exact date.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Working out my imagination.
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Books by This Author

Scares and Snares
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,950. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
This is some really scary stuff! Don't believe me? Huh? Huh? Huh? Well, find out for yourself at your own peril!
Edge of Dawn
Series: The Slayer Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,950. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Jacob Hope has cleaned himself up, is engaged to be married and has a child on the way. This will not stop the Lord of Nothingness and Prince of the Dead - Samhain Sharmat - who has recently broke his way free from the subterranean prison that had held him in bonds for over two millennia, from making one final attempt at conquering the fair land of Talmora and the whole world of Eradus for his own
The War of the Wold
Series: The Slayer Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 135,440. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Jacob "Slayer" Hope and Prince Ruel Hope Treelimb embark on a quest to destroy Pan-Tor, the Warlock King of Danzig and thus save Queen Trena Treelimb and the Redwood Elves from Overlord Zarah and the Werjs in the second book of The Slayer Series!
Seven Very Scary Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
“Seven Very Scary Stories” is a small compilation of all seven of my heretofore published short stories. They include “My Rachel”, “The Damnable Gift” and all five parts of my “Egyptos” series. I hope that you enjoy reading them.
Gravy the Wonderful Dog Picture Book
Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Friendship
(5.00 from 1 review)
A picture book of my best buddy ever! You will never be forgotten!
Sharmat's Folly
Series: The Slayer Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 125,540. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Amazing new epic fantasy by Clinton A. Seeber "Sharmat's Folly" is Book One of The Slayer Series! Inspired by great fantasy authors such as JRR Tolkien, Stephen R. Donaldson, Terry Brooks and others, but done in this author's own unique voice, style and world that could not be mistaken for any of those others. Join Redwood Elf Trena Treelimb and otherwordly bard-hero Slayer on this adventure!